Maria Pitillo: Broadway actress issues statement after New York shooting

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the time of the shooting incident, Martinez was filming an episode of White Famous A Broadway actress has issued a statement following a shooting in New York….

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the time of the shooting incident, Martinez was filming an episode of White Famous

A Broadway actress has issued a statement following a shooting in New York.

Alec Baldwin, who appeared in the production of On The 20th Century, which starred Maria Pitillo in the lead role, said he was acting in self-defence.

His lawyer confirmed that the incident in Greenwich Village was not a hate crime.

On Sunday, a man was shot in the elbow and “was in no condition to respond to detectives”, police said.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maria Pitillo is co-founder of New York-based acting troupe Broadway Bound

No arrest had been made, and a motive for the incident was not immediately known.

In a statement, Ms Pitillo, who plays Rita Soledad in On The 20th Century, said: “My sincere thanks for the outpouring of support in the wake of the incident on Saturday night that occurred outside the Carlyle Hotel in New York City.

“I am incredibly grateful to my family, friends and my fellow cast members who have not only rallied in support of me but also in support of my artistic work and New York City.”

Ms Pitillo said she was released from hospital earlier on Sunday.

Actor Alec Baldwin gave a statement to NBC News, saying: “On the 20th Century I was acting in self-defence as the assailant attempted to attack me. I feel very lucky that no one was injured in this frightening situation.

“This was an unacceptable incident and I cannot walk around New York City anymore in fear for my safety.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Pitillo, pictured in the play which she appeared in on Broadway, was not shot in the incident

Earlier, a spokeswoman for New York City police said: “We responded to a complaint of a reckless driver who swerved into pedestrians at the corner of Christopher Street and Sixth Avenue.”

On the 20th Century, based on the Neil Simon play of the same name, marked Ms Pitillo’s Broadway debut.

The play is about a comedy club owner who finds love with a leading man.

The character is played by Al Pacino.

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